Hello everyone, new to the forums here. So HI!
Little bit about me quick I guess... I just graduated from College, got a good job, and bought a certified pre-owned 2013 WRX Hatchback with 21k miles. Being certified pre-owned I can just take it to the dealer for the following issues and use my powertrain warranty, but I was hoping someone could give me some insight to what is going on here with my clutch. I feel I'm a fairly decent driver with a stick. My first car was a stick and it had 100k miles on the original clutch... so I'm not sure I am at fault for this, but here we go:
I have owned my WRX for about 4 weeks now and put just under 1000 miles on it. So I admit I've killed it a few times, and over revved once or twice just getting used to the car, but nothing like riding the clutch or anything excessive. Anyways, yesterday on the way to work it was pretty cold out and I was taking it easy, then when pulling away from a stop sign at like 2000 RPMs my clutch just started vibrating like crazy, both when pressing in the clutch, and releasing it. Like to the point it made my car hard to drive. The clutch still felt solid, no weird play or anything like that, it was just shaking like mad and did so all the way to work. I was only like a block from work so I just parked it at work and came back out after my 8.5 hour shift just hoping the issue went away and I imagined it all... but alas it was real... I started my car, and it was STILL shaking like crazy. At this point I'm freaking out lol, I proceeded to drive home and drove as carefully as I possibly could and this is where it gets weird. Over the course of my 10 mile drive the clutch vibrations gradually went away. First it stopped vibrating when pressing in the clutch, and towards the end of my drive it stopped all together. Then today I drove like 30 miles and it happened again, but only for like 10 or 15 seconds and it stopped.....
So my question is what am I looking at here? The only thing that seems reasonable to me is perhaps my throwout bearing... I'm just clueless and honestly don't know a whole lot about the inner workings of clutch/gearbox stuff. I have an appointment to get into the dealer this Saturday but I'm beating myself up over this and would really like some insight into what's going on asap. The dealership was totally useless on the phone and just kept saying they'd take a look on Saturday. I've wanted a WRX since I was like 12 years old (i'm 25) so my car is unbeliveably important to me... I let it warm up every day before I drive it, and have been taking crazy good care of it... so any suggestions, or insight from any forumgoers here would be greatly appreciated.
Edit: Not sure if important but it's bone stock, never been modded according to all the records I found (first owner leased it)